Title: In Love

Author: Aimee

Beta: Dev

Word Count: 348

Prompt: Minor Character POV

Rating: PG

Spoilers: A spoiler-free zone.

Pairing/Characters: Castle/Beckett, Martha

Summary: She watched them from across the room.

Disclaimer: If you recognize them, they belong to Andrew Marlowe. Otherwise, they're mine.

Author's Note: Written for castleland's minor character pov challenge.

She wondered if they had any idea how they looked at each other. When Kate spoke, his eyes never left her face, hanging on her every word. While Kate listened to what he had to say, affection shone from within her dark eyes. Kate laughed, merriment coloring her pretty face. Her son smiled and gently touched Kate's face.

Martha smiled. They didn't know it yet, but they were in love.

She thought about all the other women that had graced Rick's life over the years. Some had been one night stands, a handful had been around for a season while others had a more permanent place in his life. She glanced back at them, so lost in each other they didn't even notice her scrutiny. No, her son had never really cared about those other women. He'd been waiting for the right one to come along.

In Kate Beckett, he'd found a woman who didn't worship the ground he walked on, but someone who would take his hand and walk beside him, someone he could laugh with and build a life with. Someone he could grow old with. She watched as a 'Rick Castle!' rang throughout the apartment, followed by a feminine laugh. Yes, they were perfect for each other. They brought out the best in each other and smoothed out those rough edges that every human being possesses.

As a mother, her heart soared. No matter how she kidded her son, her only wish for him had remained the same since the day she gave birth to him. To be healthy, happy and loved. And Kate Beckett gave him that.

As she looked back, Rick's hand slid up Kate's arm and shoulder, coming to frame her face in his palm, his finger caressing the skin there. He leaned his head down and softly brushed his lips across hers in a gentle kiss.

It was then that she decided it was time to give them some privacy. So engrossed in each other, the couple never even noticed when she quietly made her exit, a smile on her face.